Coming home at the end of the day is an experience most people look forward to. Opening your front door and having a pleasant fragrance greet you makes it even better. If you want to get your daily fix of fresh baked cookie or coconut lime punch fragrance into the air of your home, read on.
1. Layers of Fragrance
The scent of your home should be viewed similarly to paint: you don’t want just one color. Fragrance makes a more pleasing impact on the senses when, instead of one blaring smell, your olfactory senses have the opportunity to uncover differing notes as you enter the home. This layering creates a greater feeling of welcome and is more pleasant. Layering fragrance can be accomplished by using differing methods for putting the scent into the air and focusing on specific fragrances for specific rooms. Because scent has the power to influence emotion, you can control how your home “feels” by what you put in the air.
For kitchens, always associated with food and nourishment, you can use fragrance that resembles foods you find pleasant. Vanilla Sugar Cookie, Cranberry Mandarin, and Cinnamon Apple are perennial favorites. Avoid floral scents, they can have a negative influence on your eating experience…unless you like the taste of rose petals in your casserole.
For bathrooms, a homeowner wants a fragrance that is reminiscent of cleanliness. Lemon, Crisp Linen, and Grapefruit hit the perfect background fragrance. Heavy smells in such a small space can be too cloying.
For bedrooms, choose a relaxing scent like vanilla or lavender. However, avoid having a fragrance too close to the head of the bed. Even a pleasant smell can be disturbing if you get too much of it.
For family spaces, go with an invigorating fragrance, a light floral paired with vanilla, or a combination of citrus and spice.
2. Methods for Scenting the Air
There are many ways to put fragrance into the air, some of which have been around since ancient priests were burning incense in temples.
- Incense: This method is usually limited to gum or spice materials that are burned, scenting the air with the smoke. Typically, a heavier fragrance.
- Candles: Candles are made of scented wax, which when burned release the fragrance as the wax warms and melts. There are endless varieties of fragrances available.
- Warm Wax: Wax warmers skip the open flame and instead melt the wax by electronic means. This is a good option if having an open flame makes you nervous.
- Reed Diffusers: Reed diffusers work through the natural evaporation process. Porous reeds are inserted into a bottle filled with scented oil or water. As the reeds soak up the fragrance the water is then dispersed into the air along with the scent.
- Scented Sprays: Sprays work by creating a highly scented, ultra-fine mist of water. The fine droplets hang in the air and settle lightly on room surfaces.
- Essential Oil Diffusers: Essential oil diffusers use water and highly fragrant essential oils to create a fine fog, like room sprays, that hang in the air.
- Electric Plug Diffusers: Utilizing electricity to warm the scented oil, plug diffusers are something of a combination between reed diffusers and wax warmers, the heating process providing a faster method for scenting the air.
- Potpourri: an old-fashioned method for adding fragrance, potpourri is typically made from dried flower petals, orange slices, pine-cones, and other highly scented natural items. These must be “refreshed” often to maintain their smell.
- Sachets: Sachets are small bags of potpourri used to add scent to small spaces: drawers, cupboards, cars, or closets.
- Scented Gelatin: This air freshening method utilizes a scented gelatin substance that evaporates slowly, releasing the smell into the air.